Discover the value of a degree in the humanities and social sciences, in which you can study something you enjoy while developing skills that can transfer to various professions. Our panel participants hold humanities and social sciences degrees from the College and many continued on to obtain PhDs. Hear from alumni, including three current professors, about how they earned PhDs and what they are doing within careers in Academia/Research. Attend the roundtable discussions to hear how a diverse group of alumni have leveraged their undergraduate experiences and professional networks to advance into a variety of successful careers, from freelancing to non-profit research analysis. Learn how you can do the same.
Jennifer E. Bell, AB'91, M.A. Applied Linguistics'95 (UIC); working on Ed.D. in Community College Leadership Ferris State Univ
Associate Professor, Harper College
Ms. Bell graduated from the College in 1991 with a degree in humanities (GSHum). While at UChicago, she worked part-time as a photo assistant and was active in the salsa dancing community. Before she began UChicago, she spent a year as an exchange student in Germany and attended a community college before transferring to UChicago. She worked for several years on the west side of Chicago teaching ESL and adult basic education where she began to learn Spanish and learn about community-based education. For 15 years, she has been a full-time faculty member at Harper College teaching adult ESL literacy, high school equivalency, and academic/career readiness at both the main campus and community sites. Because of her love of the community college mission, she began a doctoral program in Community College Leadership. She lives in Oak Park with her son who is a freshman at Tulane University in New Orleans.
John W. Boyer, AM'69, PhD'75
Dean of the College, Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Professor of History, The University of Chicago
In 2012, John W. Boyer was appointed to an unprecedented fifth term as Dean of the College, a position he has held since 1992. During his tenure Boyer has strengthened the College curriculum and the admissions program, and established the Careers programs and the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. He was also instrumental in the founding of the University of Chicago Center in Paris. A specialist in the history of the Habsburg Empire and of Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Dean Boyer regularly teaches and has also written a series of monographs on various aspects of the history of the College and the University. Additionally, he has served as an editor of the Journal of Modern History since 1980. Dean Boyer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1975 and joined the faculty in the same year.
Kelly Daley, AB'90, PhD'05, MA 1996 Johns Hopkins University
Vice President, ABT SRBI
Ms. Daley graduated from the College in 1990 with a degree in political science and completed her PhD in sociology in 2005. She has more than 20 years of successful policy and survey research and data collection management experience with multi-modal survey projects. She plays a key role in directing all aspects of survey research at Abt SRBI, where she is vice president in family, workforce and nutrition research and practice lead for labor and workforce survey research. She specializes in the application of qualitative methods for survey questionnaire design and data analysis across a variety of subject matters.
Elaine Hadley, PhD'91 (Johns Hopkins University)
Department Chair, UChicago English Department
Professor Hadley has been teaching at the University of Chicago since 1993; she has degrees from Georgetown, Oxford and Johns Hopkins. She has been director of graduate studies for nine years and has just completed a stint as chair of the department. Her research focuses on the British nineteenth century, with two books published: Melodramatic Tactics, 1995, and Living Liberalism, 2010. She is currently at work on a book, tentatively titled Partial War, which concerns war, politics and new media in the Victorian period.
Sam Jemielity, AB'90, MA'94, Rutgers University
Editor, Alumni Magazine, Chicago Booth
Mr. Jemielity graduated from the College in 1990 with a degree in English. He completed a masters degree in English at Rutgers before returning to Chicago to work as a writer and editor. He worked as director of content at Playboy.com and director of content strategy at ad agency DDB before moving to Chicago Booth as editor of the alumni magazine and associate director of content for marketing.
David Klein, AB'10
SEL Specialist, Umoja Student Development Corporation
Mr. Klein (AB'10) studied English, gender studies, and human rights while at the University. During his time in The College, Klein worked for the UCSC as a Social Justice Intern, and he participated in summer internships with the Human Rights Program (2009) and Summer Links (2008). He was actively involved with the LGBTQ community on campus, serving on the leadership board of Queers and Associates. He was a Maroon Key Society Member and a Howell Murray Alumni Award recipient. Currently, he works for the Umoja Student Development Corporation as an SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Specialist supporting the implementation of Umoja's programming at neighborhood high schools across Chicago. As an alumnus, he has volunteered with the UCSC, including serving on its inaugural Advisory Board. He lives in Chicago with his betrothed (AB'12), and he enjoys cooking, video games, and exploring Chicago by CTA.
Phillip Moore, AB'15
Intern, Lawyer's Committee for Better Housing
Mr. Moore graduated from the College in 2015 with a degree in Political Science. While in the College, he was active in Rugby and Judo and interned at the office of Alderman William D. Burns of the 4th Ward. He currently works as an intern with the Lawyer's Committee for Better Housing.
Edmund O'Brien, AB'93
Teaching Artist, Storycatchers Theatre/Second City Training Center
Mr. O'Brien graduated from the College in 1993 with a degree in history and a year spent at UCL in London. He wrote sketches and improvised with Off-Off Campus. He performed weekly for nine years with his troupe Sheila at Jimmy's and on WHPK. He wrote twisted trivia for Jellyvision's "You Don't Know Jack" before spending seven years in LA writing for various TV shows such as Streets Smarts and MTV's Undressed. He also taught improv and performed in ACME Comedy Theatre's improv and sketch companies. He returned to Chicago eight years ago and began teaching improv, writing and songwriting at The Second City. He currently improvises with his wife and fellow OOC alumna, Dana, in Sheila's Sister and spends most of his working hours with Storycatchers Theatre where he helps incarcerated and recently paroled youth write and perform original musicals inspired by personal stories.
Kathleen O'Shea, AB'14
Analyst, Content Writer, 3Points Communications
Ms. O'Shea graduated from the College in 2014 with a degree in English and a minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies. While in the College, she held leadership roles in Southside Scribblers and the Catholic Student Association. After graduating, she worked as a marketing analyst at Springleaf Financial (now called OneMain Financial), writing blog posts and website copy. In April 2016, she joined 3Points Communications, a boutique PR firm in Chicago that works with financial, technology, and HR/Wellness companies. In this role, she writes and edits blog content, curates client news briefs, and develops the office infrastructure to help ensure employee success. Outside of work, she enjoys writing, solving crossword puzzles, and drawing on drink coasters for her website, artoncoasters.com.
Sandra Park, AB'13
Doctoral Candidate, University of Chicago
Ms. Park graduated from the College in 2013 with a degree in history. While in College, she was involved with nonprofit work and human rights advocacy. After graduation, she joined Teach For America where she worked as an associate in recruitment operations for two years. Her work with TFA entailed supporting a national team in compliance and other financial processes, and participating in the corps member selection. In 2015, she returned to UChicago for a PhD in history. She is now a 2nd-year PhD and lives in Hyde Park with her family.
Julio Paz, AB'02
Vice President, Institutional Advancement, The Resurrection Project
Julio oversees a $25 million campaign to expand the reach and profile of The Resurrection Project, a social enterprise organization that blends community development, community organizing, and advocacy with human service delivery to create healthy, vibrant communities. Julio and his teams have generated more than $30 million in philanthropic support to expand innovative and entrepreneurial 501c3 organizations. Julio is passionate about community development, philanthropy, and partnerships as tools to achieve social justice. Julio has worked at Mercy Housing and Project Exploration and is a board member at the St. Ignatius College Prep San Ignacio Fund. Julio volunteers time with the National Museum of Mexican Art's Auxiliary Board. He holds a BA in english from the University of Chicago. Julio is also a fellow of the University of Chicago's Civic Leadership Academy and the New Strategies Forum at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.
Alexandra Peters, AB'14
Doctoral Candidate, University of Chicago
Ms. Peters graduated from the College in 2014 with a BA in both medieval studies and history. She is a recipient of the MMUF Fellowship, and thus was and is currently involved in programs aimed at increasing diversity in academia. After graduating, she continued to develop her marketing and public relations skills cultivated in student jobs and internships as an undergrad at her Marketing and Outreach Assistant position with the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. In September 2015, she then returned to UChicago to begin her PhD in medieval Iberian history, where she investigates interreligious and intercultural relations between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. She then received a FLAS grant in the summer of 2016 to further her Arabic language acquisition. To keep a balance in her life, Ms. Peters spends her free time working as a research assistant, playing tennis, drawing, and spending time with friends and family.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and the College, The University of Chicago
Allen Sanderson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics and the College. He teaches Economics 19800 and 19900, an introductory survey sequence. He also teaches and researches the economics of sports. Recent publications and research include journal articles on competitive balance in sports, sports labor markets, the economic impact of universities on their communities, and the case for paying college athletes. He is a regular columnist for Chicago Life. Mr. Sanderson won a Quantrell Award in 1998 and has run the Chicago marathon three times. Recent alumni speaking engagements have taken him to cities such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico City, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, and New York City.
Maria-Alicia Serrano, AB'00, MPA, Indiana University Bloomington
Senior Manager, Research Analyst Team, YMCA of the USA
Ms. Serrano graduated from the College in 2000 with a degree in Law, Letters & Society. At the College, she joined Alpha Omicron Pi and served as the chair of the philanthropy and chapter relations committees. She also holds a Master of Public Affairs Degree from the School of Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. She began her career at the Chicago Housing Authority leading the development of the CHA's strategic plans. She then joined AREA, Inc., a research and public policy consulting firm where she became Vice President and led national evaluations of subsidized housing programs. In 2014, she joined YMCA of the USA where she is the Senior Manager of the Research Analyst Team. Her team conducts formative evaluations, analyzes the impact of demographic changes on Y programs, and increases the capacity of Ys to strategically utilize data through interactive data visualizations.